BRAND-NEW DELHI: Vision, optimism and perseverance: These were the styles that resounded at The Times of India’s inaugural Young Modification Leaders Contest, where students came together for a discussion on environment change.
On Thursday, 18 young crusaders, divided into junior and senior classifications, took part in the finale of the yearly contest arranged as part of NIE Principals’ Seminar 2019-2020 at Hyatt Regency They were picked from over 3,000 entries representing over 800 schools from throughout Delhi-NCR.
” I can not do all the great the world requires. However the world requires all the excellent I can do,” a Class VI trainee, Akshobhya Venkatesh, stated as he opened the debate for the junior category.
A jury making up president and CEO of International Online Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST) Chandra Bhushan, WWF-India associate director Suchismita Mukhopadhyay, and child environment activist Nav Aggarwal judged the speakers on originality, clarity and content, among other things.
Aggarwal, a Class VI student, who has been on the forefront of the fight against climate change, was the youngest specialist on the panel. The environment activist is the co-founder of One Action Greener, an effort that develops awareness on waste segregation. He, together with his bro Vihaan, was the winner of Children’s Climate Reward 2019 for clean air in Stockholm, a yearly reward started by Swedish electricity company Telge Energi.
Bhushan emphasised the significance of an intra-generational approach to take on environment issues. “Temperature levels are rising throughout the world, and it’s taking place now. We need the previous and present generation to collaborate to fix this problem. We require to deliver a message of hope and motivation, instead of just concentrate on doom and gloom,” he said.
Mukhopadhyay, too, concentrated on “shared duty” and requested cooperation between the government and non-state stars to money collective action. “We require to mainstream the dialogue around environment. We can incorporate environment modification issues at specific, city, country and global levels,” she said.
The winners for the junior category were Vrinda Arora (Tagore Inter nationwide School), Avika Singhal (The British School) and Naman Sonpar (Sriram Centuries School). Taru Satija (The Air Force School), Priyal (Ahlcon International School) and Anushka Lal Loreto Convent bagged the top 3 ranks in the senior classification. Winners received Kindle e-book reader, medals and likewise the chance to be trainee guest editors and add to TOI’s Paper in Education (NIE).
The event ended with the promise of a much better future as these young crusaders and principals of nearly a hundred NIE schools vowed to add to the reason for fighting climate modification and saving the environment.